Canon 80D - Review


Canon 80D

Canon 80D - Review

The Canon 80d camera is a product targeted at photography enthusiasts and professionals alike. It is a mid-range model that bridges the gap between the entry-level and professional-level cameras perfectly; both in terms of price and features.

Although it was first launched in 2016, it still ranks higher among the best offerings in its category. It is loaded with numerous features, which sets it apart from other models. The Canon 80D is a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera priced at 1000 US dollars.

Although it is a little pricey, it is well justified by the results you receive in return. In the box, you’ll find a battery pack, a charger, a neck strap, and the camera. There is nothing too fancy in the unboxing experience, but then you must keep in mind that it is, after all, a mid-range device.

Read on to find out what we think about the Canon 80D and why it makes a good photography companion.

Still Images

The Canon 80D is quite impressive on paper and in practice; it is no slouch too. The camera delivers its promises and offers a significant step up from its previous version, 70D. It offers an extremely fast autofocus system that provides excellent response in a wide range of lighting conditions.

The 24.2 MP CMOS sensor along with an intelligent viewfinder that offers 100% coverage are great for capturing even the slightest of details. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor, which is on offer, is a considerable upgrade over the technology offered in lower-level cameras like the 750D, despite having the same resolution.

In terms of ISO range, the Canon 80D offers a wider range of 100 - 16000  against the 70D, as it is restricted to 100-12800. The wider ISO range allows the camera to adjust better to various lighting conditions and capture excellent low light photos without a flash.

Furthermore, the ISO range of 80D can expand up to 25600. The camera also comes with a 7560 – pixel RGB + IR metering sensor, which further improves its autofocus capabilities It also allows the camera to track the subject in the scene.

Do you want to capture high-speed action shots? Canon has got you covered! The camera can shoot at a rate of 7 frames per second (fps) in continuous shooting mode, while it can capture up to 110 photos in burst mode.

Another welcome feature available in the Canon 80D is the flicker detector. The flicker detector warns the user of any flickering light sources, and it compensates by taking photos at the right intervals during continuous shooting.

Movies

When it comes to capturing videos, various Higher Dynamics Range (HDR) modes are on offer. When enabled, the camera captures two simultaneous videos of 60 frames per second and later processes them to generate a single video file of 30 fps. Though the decrease in fps appears counterproductive, it results in a better range of highlights and shadows.

Using its regular mode, the camera can capture Full High Definition (FHD, 1920 X 1080 p) Videos at 50 fps. The camera also has an audio jack on offer that can be used to analyze the audio, and you can also attach an external microphone at this point.

However, the camera cannot shoot 4K videos. When making movies, its functionality is restricted at a marginal scale. Another feature that will hold your interest is time-lapse, which allows you to take still photos at fixed time intervals and stitch them together to create movies.

This is the feature that every nature photographer use. Either to capture the night sky over time through long exposure shots or to document a flower growing.

The camera can process the videos in both MOV and MP4 format, allowing a seamless transition from one device to another. Being a highly compressed format allows you to store a larger number of files on your card.


Battery

The camera is equipped with an LP E6N lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh. A single charge lets you capture up to 960 still shots. A separate dedicated battery is used to maintain time and date settings.

When fully charged, it can maintain the internal clock for up to 3 months. The camera has a few built-in power-saving features that can switch the camera off automatically after a fixed period of inactivity, which can also be customized.

Build Quality

The Canon 80D is quite well built and is made up of an aluminum and polycarbonate resin with fiberglass. It can survive a few bumps, to say the least. Even though it has some weather sealing, it is not entirely weather-proof, so taking it out in the rain without any additional protection will not be a good idea.

Ergonomics and User Interface

The control layout of the Canon 80D is similar to that of the 70D. The 80D’s grip fits well, and you don’t need to stretch your index finger to reach the shutter button. The same goes for the control buttons of the camera, which can easily be accessed during usage.

A significant advantage of 80D is that it offers touch control through the built-in 3.03-inch (diagonal) LCD monitor, which can be rotated to take shots at tough angles. In addition to its ability to rotate around hinges, the display has a viewing angle of 170 degrees makes it very convenient to use.

The quick menu further offers a few shortcuts to important functions. That being said, the user interface is quite intuitive, but if you prefer to avoid using the touch screen, you can always navigate using the joystick in the control panel.

Although the LCD is quite bright, you may have to resort to using the viewfinder under sunlight. However, this really isn’t a drawback as the viewfinder is one of the camera’s strengths as it offers 100% coverage.

Connectivity

Apart from the usual USB cable, the Canon 80D comes equipped with Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). This allows the camera to transfer photos wirelessly to another device. NFC allows quick pairing with smartphones using the Cannon phone companion application ‘Canon Camera Connect.’ This is an excellent feature that lets you share your photos with ease, upload them on the cloud, or make quick edits.

However, the camera lacks a GPS sensor, so geotagging photos directly using the camera is not possible. Nevertheless, the GPS sensor of your phone can be used upon pairing.

If you want to buy a camera in the Canon series, the Canon 80D surely outranks other models. It is well-priced and punches above its weight. For a photography enthusiast looking for an upgrade, the Canon 80D makes a compelling choice. It has all the essential features one would need, and a few more to learn new skills.

However, the lack of 4K recording capability may be deterrent for some. If that is something you are willing to overlook, you cannot go wrong with the Canon 80Das it is a great tool for aspiring and professional photographers alike.


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